by George Nash
In the book of Ecclesiasticus it is written: “Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.” Today I propose to honor the memory of a famous man, a man who earned his fame by writing about those who, in an intellectual and spiritual sense, were our fathers. In the great chain of being that we call Western civilization, Russell Kirk was a sturdy link.
Some years ago a young libertarian wrote a book entitled It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand. I do not know how many young conservatives in 2013 would say that their intellectual awakening began with the books and essays of Russell Kirk. But certainly many visitors to The Imaginative Conservative can testify to his continuing influence and especially to the impact of his masterful book, The Conservative Mind.